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Presenting The Fundamental Flaw In The Fed's Thinking

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This one simple chart below shows what is possibly the biggest and most fundamental flaw in Bernanke's approach to spurring the economy, which to him, of course, means rising prices of risky assets, aka the stock market.

The chart above shows the return of two simple things: the return of 4.25% 30 Year Bond issued November 2010... and the S&P.

As is vividly shown on the chart, the return of the long-bond is nearly three times greater than that of the broader equity market in 18 short months!

And therein, ladies and gentlemen, lies the rub.

Recall that Bernanke said something substantively as follows:

"When our policy response lowers interest rates on govt bonds, it induces market participants to take more risk.  Someone selling their govt bond to us may go out and buy a corp bond, thereby lowering spreads. A bank selling their govt bond to us may go out and make a loan..." 

There is one problem with this logic: it is dead wrong. Because instead of forcing investors to rush out of the bond market, which potentially has much more upside embedded (the 30 Year is yielding 2.7% right now: this means the actual price of the 30 Year can continue going up and up and up), investors, even those "sophisticated" ones at banks, hedge funds, and prop desks who can trade CDS, IR Swaps, variance swaps, swaptions, and things the retail investor has never heard of, are doing something else, and something much simpler, entirely.

They are simply front-running the Fed!

The Fed's entire policy of boosting the economy is a failure for many reasons, but the primary purpose embedded therein - to lift stock markets, will forever be subordinated (to use the parlance of our times) to just frontrunning the Fed, which simply means buy whatever the Fed is buy, and sell whatever (if anything) it is selling.

In simpler format:

  1. Frontrun what the Fed has publicly telegraphed to be doing
  2. ...
  3. Profit

And as long as the Fed continues on the course of LSAP, either unsterilized or sterilized ala Twist, this will continue, and the Fed will continue failing upward.

Sadly, this also means that at the end the Fed has only one option: to go Japanese and start buying not only REITs and ETFs, but ultimately individual stocks.

At that point the best purchase, however will not be the stock market, but wheelbarrows.


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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:18 | 2544681 Vincent Vega
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:28 | 2544717 nope-1004
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The Fed's assumptions on economic outcomes failed miserably.  Which proves that economics is voodoo shit.  The theory doesn't match reality.  And it also shows that the Fed can't examine anything on an independent basis, it refers to history when history never repeats exactly the same.

Benocide is boxed into a corner and he knows it.  Just can't rattle the cage until the election.



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:38 | 2544790 dlmaniac
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Economy simply cannot be managed.

Looks like the collapse of communism in last century has not taught the world enough a lesson so they are due to get another lesson to learn it again.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:45 | 2544809 Shameful
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"What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Mankind cannot and will not learn from the past.  All the mistakes of the past will be repeated over and over again.  We few can learn and profit, but the majority will fumble though.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:41 | 2545352 4horse
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these are not mistakes dumfuc


and, however shameful, adumbrating hegel mistakes ffilosophy for soffistry, nevermind ffinance, all at which they are expert: you only cogito to summon what they've disseminated and served, sloppy seconds, and only after and put to their thorough ffuckin use


otherwise, The Divine Whore, you wouldn't know sophistry from their mata hari, nor atom from adam



here. find it, otto. your ass from your elbowa footnote like take a global warming to the subject . . .

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:23 | 2545444 economics9698
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This is off topic but does anyone know how you get high on bath salts?  WTF?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:06 | 2544836 HarryM
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Maybe not he economy , but certainly the stock market


Broke the piggy bank today with the "Market won't be happy" line

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:36 | 2544984 Half_A_Billion_...
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who cares about the bernank?  


bitcoin is starting to skyrocket again, and mining reward will drop 50% in 5 months.  


Fuck the banking system; fuck the bernank; fuck fiat.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:54 | 2545052 Paul Atreides
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How do you use bitcoins when you can't access the internet? or a computer? or electricity?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:06 | 2545085 Half_A_Billion_...
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Offline transactions are possible.

But the scenario you're describing is unrealistic (worlwide); there is a whole lotta renewable electricity around the globe.  Though oil's fucked; electricity will remain a-ok in many parts of the globe for the foreseeable future

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:45 | 2545357 UP Forester
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Two words you may not have come across yet:

Carrington Event

Two more words you may not have seen:

Grid Interconnectivity


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 20:53 | 2545664 Half_A_Billion_...
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Ok mad max, whatever fits your fancy.  I'm also on the yellow brick road, but the fact is that btc has grown 50% in the last 45 days, that it's resilient to a banking holiday, and is extremely scarce at 21M tops.  


But you're right, it won't survive the end of the universe, rather unfortunately.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 03:51 | 2546164 John_Coltrane
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Here's an acronyme you grid stability "experts" might want to learn, CME.  That's coronal mass ejection, a massive ejection of plasma from our sun which is presaged by massive sunspot and magnetic activity both of which is set to peak in the next two years.  We'll have about 20 minutes to shut down the entire grid when that huge cloud of charged particles (a plasma) hits and collaspses the earth's magnetic field inducing million volt transients in transformers and blowing them out.  It will take out every energized transformer in the grid, including those used in photovoltaic installations to step up the low DC voltage to 120V AC.  The last big one hit around 1857 and would have taken out the entiro world electical grid had there been one and the last much smaller one (2006?) took out the entire eastern grid (there aren't enough spare transformers to get it up for 6 months to 1 year).

This event has a much higher probability than a major earthquake or meteor hit.  (See this month's Scientific American for more  details)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:21 | 2689368 unununium
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What the hell are you hoping to buy when there is no internet, or computer, or electricity?


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:54 | 2545240 4horse
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the Fundamental Flaw

FFuck . . .

just when, zh, will the FFed be seen for what it is


PNAC2013 at its anniversary, next year? after a 10th decade together with its IRS and ADL doing exactly what it was ffounded ffor



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:23 | 2545446 masterinchancery
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It isn't economics, which describes actual behavior; it is just the voodoo shit practiced by Ivy League academics.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:33 | 2544753 vmromk
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Obama, why isn't Bernanke in some federal prison already ?

Bernanke makes Madoff look like an amateur.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:44 | 2544816 Dr. Engali
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Ummmm........ have you been paying attention? Doess Corzine , and furious ring any bells?  Executive privilege man.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:33 | 2545323 derek_vineyard
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I actually think bernanke believes in what he's doing and is not profiting personally by trading his decisions.  If I hire an extremist that ruins my business, its not his fault....its my fault.  And now with an OBama vs Romney election we are getting what we deserve for not standing tall or for not leaving the country for a better government or grin and bear it.   Its useless to whine....when 95% of americans want romney or obama.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:39 | 2544768 vast-dom
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PS I have also added this my earlier post to the bottom of email:


  • FED SAYS INFLATION HAS DECLINED, REFLECTING OIL -> inflation targeting is illegal according to the Federal Reserve’s mandate.

When yours truly began investing in these markets i didn't sign up for TOTAL centrally planned subervsion of now bound, gagged, tied up and brutally (banker/fed) gang-raped markets.


Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:21 | 2544784 Daily Bail
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I wonder how Krugman and Delong feel right now...

Anyone remember Delong calling Bernanke a punk for not putting out an additional $6 trillion in QE...?


And You Thought Bernanke Was Bad: Brad Delong Fantasizes About Replacing Him With A $6 Trillion Quantitative Easer



And here's Fed-loathing James Grant debating Delong on the merits of QE3:

The Keynesian Class is wretching today.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:30 | 2544927 potlatch
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I do not, personally, mind Keynesianism, except for this crucial current fact: they have yet to be able, to my satisfaction explain, at all, exactly where and what the growth would be, allegedly spurred by their policy preference.


Where would the growth be?  You can't point to a city's water system and go: there ya go!


That is not the growth that is intended, and they know it, thus they are dishonest to their own theory.


At least Gingrich had the integrity to realize: moonbase or bust.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:11 | 2545107 PaJoad
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Uhhhh, did you just use Gingrich & integrity in the same sentence?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:31 | 2545136 A Lunatic
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Try substituting the words "complete annihilation of the private sector and individual liberty" for "growth". There, see.................

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:48 | 2545513 potlatch
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and where is the growth in *that*?


Everyone has a solution, but no one can say what the solution would actually produce.  They just called it freedom from tyranny?  Come on.


What growth?  Where?


Moonbase or bust, you'll see

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:06 | 2544889 skepticCarl
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Bernanke is not "Wrong".  He is the JUDGE, so what he says, goes.  Why do ZH'ers continue to be surprised and annoyed at his policies?  They haven't changed, ever, and he keeps telling us that they won't.  It is ridiculous for us to wring our hands and claim "But wait, he's doing it all wrong!".  Just deal with the storm that we can't change:  Go long risk assets, like he is telling us.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:16 | 2544913 XitSam
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Agreed. This isn't a flaw, this is the plan! Wake up!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:19 | 2545132 vast-dom
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so much for hope and change. so much for trying to do something about this fuckfest. just play along, huh? i guess you can go back to whoring yourself Carl cause it's just easier that way. maybe you won't get an STD. maybe you'll even learn to enjoy it. LONG APATHY son. And while you're at it SHORT ZH since all that's going down here is futile.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:36 | 2545183 A Lunatic
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Giving a fuck is so frustrating. I'm tired of knowing the solution.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:41 | 2545497 4horse
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moonshot . . .

Giving a fuck __good. otherwise eventually outnumbered, to say the least, presently outgunned as is

monkeysfuckinafootball __bad. I'm tired of knowing the solution __verybad
                                                                                                                seeing through the game
ain't the same as winning it north-dallas forty




verybadthings: ff, fantasy football, making a movie about how yous buried -in fact fucked,dead&buried- some dead pigskin, and . . . it stays in vegas

their ad. their town. their movies. their .001% solution

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:23 | 2545148 Miffed Microbio...
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I'm too scared to go long risk assets 'cause I'm not sure when he'd pull the rip cord and squish me like a bug. I'm at the point I'm going to keep stacking and praying. All the other herd mates in my sphere are all in and happy with their returns, laughing at me running for the hills.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:30 | 2545162 ejmoosa
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For Bernanke to admit he is wrong would mean he has to refute a lifetime of his academic posturing on how things work.  That ain't happening.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:58 | 2545249 whatsinaname
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I dont get this - how can they extend Twist until the end of 2012 if they have only 2 months of "stock" to sell of the short term Tres ?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 23:19 | 2545939 just a dude
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They can buy more short maturities when the UST issues them later this year.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:17 | 2544683 Let them all fail
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Tyler - Have you guys ever tried getting access to the Bernanke's press conference? Or tried to get someone with access to ask your questions?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2544702 HelluvaEngineer
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Unfortunately they have a "Shirts and Shoes" policy.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:28 | 2544732 bdc63
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I'm not too far from DC ... I'll go and represent ZeroHedge.  Feel free to submit questions below ...

... wait ... are flip flops okay? ...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:40 | 2544799 Nothing To See Here
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Send in Maxine Waters, she's gonna grill Bernanke real hard


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:45 | 2545016 El Oregonian
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"Send in Maxine Waters, she's gonna grill Bernanke real hard"

I think you meant "Thrill" Bernanke real hard. This would be closer to the truth.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:55 | 2544853 Chaffinch
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The policy-makers will provide the flip-flops

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:34 | 2544764 TJ00
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So Julian Assange with Ecuadorian diplomatic papers?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:32 | 2544969 Liquid Courage
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What? No Pants?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:25 | 2544714 Village Smithy
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Don't you think that some guy in a dark suit and sunglasses might be inclined to follow the dude with the Zero Hedge ID badge home?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:35 | 2544773 TJ00
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Isn't E2 (Escape and Evasion) part of the ZH training?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:03 | 2544740 BlackholeDivestment
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...Idea. Sneak in a Fight Club Drone (minus the submachine gun, for now, lol) made to look like a Giant Apple with an Ipad open to Skype.

Call it ''TD QE3 2012 El DIAblo''. On the back, have a sticker, ''...first rule of Fight Club is'' and ask away. LMAO. 

...develope a TD 2012 Algo, called NOVA, lol, to ask the questions based on the Forbes Algo Reporter's more human than human reaction to the market algo's. LMAO. 

...please hug a human while you can. Lol.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:44 | 2545008 Revert_Back_to_...
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This guy got in and managed to ask some questions.  Ignore the beginning..the interesting part is the Q&A session with Jerry Nelson not the Amero stuff with Bernanke. 

He is surprisingly candid.  You should research some of his answers. 

Three parts

Oh is another guy asking the Fed questions.

"Mail it to the Treasury (co-signer)..."



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:19 | 2544689 Nothing To See Here
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:34 | 2544762 reTARD
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Wheelbarrows are so yesterday! Unlike the days of Weimar when paper was still primarily used, most everything today is electronic. 1's and 0's FTW perhaps?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:41 | 2544802 Dr. Engali
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I'm hauling my fiat in the bed of my gas guzzling pick up truck.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:56 | 2544852 ParkAveFlasher
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I'll need an extra thumbdrive just to hold all my zeroes!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:20 | 2544691 Shameful
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Does any rational, thinking person think that the US Gov is good for the money 30 years out at a 2.7% coupon?  I can't come up with a scenario where such an investment is wise as a buy and hold short of either aliens showing up to give us free tech and/or ultra cheap and portable fusion power.  It's a given that the gov will only ramp us spending so the only way for it to be a money good long term investment is shocking unbelievable growth rates, which I'm just not seeing short of a miracle power source.  Buy as a trade, sure I get that, for those smart enough to be one of the first guys out of the door when the stampede starts.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:23 | 2544705 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

Long term bonds only for the nimble.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:24 | 2544715 LawsofPhysics
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+1000... because interest rates can never rise again and price discovery can never be allowed to happen.  hence "markets" are dead.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2544742 resurger
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Yes, they might as well create a new website:

"On a long enought timeline the interest rate for everybond drops to zero" or NIR

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:35 | 2544775 Shameful
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Waiting for it, that would actually make our political class correct "We are wealthier the more debt we have!  It pays itself off, they are paying us for the privilege of having us spend their money"  Hopefully soon their after the gov can stop all taxation and exist solely on negative interest rate loans.  I expect donuts and skittles to rain from the sky and unicorns to replace cars as the main form of transportation at that point as well.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:27 | 2544723 devo
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Of course not, but if there is demand the price will go up. The FED is the lone man at the table, but it has a voracious appetite.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:31 | 2544749 Shameful
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I've long held that the Fed can peg interest rates wherever it likes simply by being the market.  Problem is doesn't make it a winning trade to be long when they are gobbling it up, as they have to blowtorch the dollar to do it.  Kind of like bombing the village to save it.  Now I don't think the Fed is the whole of the market now, but it is a big player.  Still have huge pools of capital looking for safety, and the bond market is if nothing else a very liquid place to camp out for a while.  It's an odd situation where more economic uncertainty makes bonds more attractive, till it doesn't.  When things are so laughably bad that private investors dump out to change what is perceived as being safe.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:44 | 2544786 devo
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I don't think anyone believes bonds are safe. I think they're trading them short term with the intention of selling them back to the Fed well before maturity. The yields don't matter. Prices increase because there's a voracious buyer (the Fed). It's a clear distortion (if not bubble), but it has to last a long long time. The market is broken.

This is probably why gold hasn't skyrocketed, too. There's a lot of money tied up in these trades. Rising interest rates on bonds = good for gold.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:48 | 2544826 ATM
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It does not have to last a long time. It CAN last a long time but just as assuredly it can last a very short time.

The lynch pin is confidence. when confidence in the system/monetary unit/issuer fails, it doesn't fails slowly it fails all at once.

As long as TPTB can hold the public confidence the game can be played. As soon as confidence collapses everything is in the shitter.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:59 | 2544837 Shameful
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I randomly hear people in other departments discussing hyperinflation, and speculating how we would continue operations.  Naturally this talk scares me to death as it shows we are closer to the precipice then I would like.  I'm waiting to hear about it in the grocery line, or from my sister to know it's really time to panic.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:06 | 2544883 CommunityStandard
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The majority of people only react.  You won't hear people talking about it until it's happening.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:27 | 2544727 Dr. Engali
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What if the Euro collapses and the dollar has a big rally? There would be some pretty powerful deflationary forces then.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:32 | 2544756 Shameful
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Yes it would, for what a year, two, five?  If you are intimating that the Euro blowing up will send us into a 30 year global deflationary tailspin that not even the profligate Fed and Fed Gov can spend their way out of...that point I would disagree.  I don't doubt that there is money to be made trading the long bond, just in holding it the whole time and clipping the coupon.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:36 | 2544779 Dr. Engali
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No... I don't think there will be a 30 year deflationary spiral. Quite frankly I think there will be a big bloody nasty war before that time. But I do think bonds are pricing in a currency shock.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:48 | 2544828 Shameful
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Oh on that I would totally agree.  War at this point is baked into the cake.  To many guilty parties that need a distraction and to large a war industry.  My whole point is no one would actually want the long bond to hold.  All that means is it's a known ponzi and just would be looking for a good entry/exit point.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:41 | 2544798 bdc63
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Any currency that could show a firewall against Euro contagion would rally ... I'm pretty sure we don't have one of those ...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:45 | 2544820 Dr. Engali
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Have you been paying attention to the dollar Euro lately?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:01 | 2544874 PeeTee
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I'd buy US 30yr bonds any day...



... if I get a free Spiderman towel to go with it. :p

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:32 | 2545172 ejmoosa
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You mean will the youth of today be making enough money to pay off the rest of the world when these debts come due?


If I was one of them I would say HELL NO!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:24 | 2544696 falak pema
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operation twist and the dollar goes up! Wow, how FED can influence the FX market. From 1.2704 to 1.2656.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2544699 jack stephan
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13 is the death card, Dimon and Bernanke are covered in it.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:21 | 2544700 LawsofPhysics
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While true, I'd argue that the Fed knows this is what is happening and it is intentional.  Think what would happen if those short term interest rate start to climb.  The debt addicts are all dead.  Every good dealer knows that you don't have any customers if you kill them all.

There are no markets, only addicts and dealers.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2544701 DoChenRollingBearing
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Antal Fekete has long written that speculation in bonds, a symptom of forcing declining interests rates down, destroys capital.  And how vigorous has the recovery been?  Even with stimuli, QEs and Twists.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:32 | 2544757 nope-1004
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Correct.  Low rates stimulate NOTHING, except other areas of the economy where rational investors look for a return.  So commodities rise in price, which causes input costs for businesses to rise, which causes businesses to layoff or shut down, which destroys what capital is meant to be used for:  Production.

The FED are idiots.  I'm convinced.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:23 | 2544935 ITrustMyGut
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NOT Idiots..


this isnt accidental destruction friend....


end ot the west... introducing the new global digital currency.. asian managed.. asset backed... no FRN's, EUR's etc... just global digital shiite...



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:48 | 2545027 ParkAveFlasher
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I've read that industry in Weimar Germany thrived on low interest rates, increasing capital expenditure within Germany by expanding plants and buying tools while simultaneously booking revenues in foreign accounts in order to dodge tax increases intended to cull the profits that said enterprises were reaping as a result of the ever-cheapening labor (never heard of that!).  Businesses had no other means of insuring that the cash piles they were sitting on (never heard of that!) wouldn't suddenly become either worthless (indicating a failure to capitalize upon inflation) or too valuable (in which case consumers would not spend it on their goods).

It was during that time of factory expansion and investment that the vaunted "Nazi war machine" was tooled, oiled, and prepped, however, it wasn't the "Nazi war machine" yet.  The nation's economy was largely run by a cabal of bankers, complicit industrialists, and labor unions (never heard of that!). 

Say, Roger Clemens beat the rap!!  Can you believe it?!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:52 | 2545042 AnAnonymous
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The nation's economy was largely run by a cabal of bankers, complicit industrialists, and labor unions (never heard of that!).


So it was run by the German people.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:17 | 2545131 ParkAveFlasher
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There used to be a middle class, is my point.  I've never heard of a middle class getting squeezed.

Weimar, hear we come. 

Expect assassinations.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:40 | 2545200 Poor Grogman
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Free Tibet!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:35 | 2545179 ejmoosa
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Low rates reward consumers and punish savers, the source of capital needed for real economic expansion.  And what happens when consumers don't swallow the bait?  

Panic ensues...


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:31 | 2545325 SAT 800
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Collapse ensues. Economic collapse.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:28 | 2545312 SAT 800
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Just expanding on your statement a little. Prof. Antal Fekete has a website and you can go there and read articles under the banner popular economics which explain, correctly; for a miracle, how the gold standard works, and many other very clear and desirable pieces of knowledge.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2544703 bnbdnb
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About to hit rock-bottom, better pull out the bulldozers.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2544704 fonzannoon
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Ben also made it clear he believes it is stock and not flow that counts. Whatever all that means..

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:24 | 2544708 Let them all fail
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I believe you have them mixed up with the underpants gnomes...if only they had their own gnome federal reserve to frontrun

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:28 | 2544713 Dr. Engali
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I think the question that you have to ask yourself is.. do you really  believe that is the fed's goal? Or is the fed's real goal to keep the government's borrowing cost down by announcing what their actions will be precisely so that everybody does front run the fed?  I think they are getting exactly what they want. The equity clowns keep hoping that the fed prints prints prints so there is no significant market sell off and uncle same gets to borrow for almost nothing.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:34 | 2544760 fonzannoon
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I think the bigger point is the same people who keep fking things up are left in charge. To think that they won't fk them up again (probably sooner than later) is a big mistake. You can pretty much set your watch by it.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:36 | 2544788 Village Smithy
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You make a good point. If he realizes that a slow and painful wind down is inevitable then just keeping us from paying Spanish interest rates is about all he can do. Albeit temporarily.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:53 | 2544844 Vinz Klortho
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Herr Doktor I agree.

I think the Fed's mandates are:

1) Save the banks from themselves whenever necessary, doing whatever is necessary

2) Allow the government to fund itself with borrowed money at an affordable rate

Unfortunately, the more debt is added, the lower the rate must be to keep it affordable, so low interest rates for the forseeable future is what we will have!

Seems like they are implementing their mandate perfectly.  Price stability and full employment, not so much.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:01 | 2544863 Ghordius
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:25 | 2544716 Confundido
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Does anyone still think that QE is about the "recovery"? This is simply the monetization of fiscal deficits. That's it! Nothing else! Who cares abt unemployment rate or GDP or housing? Nobody.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2544747 John Law Lives
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Worse still, Chairsatan has openly discouraged deep Congressional spending cuts at this time.  Chairsatan is more than happy to keep monetizing new debt whilst crushing the value of the currency.

Chairsatan = One rotten SOB

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:26 | 2544718 resurger
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If it keeps on going up and up and up, so that will lower their duration, and we might as well end up seeing a negative interest rates on 30 years ....

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:41 | 2544803 LawsofPhysics
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correct, literally forcing bond holders and retirees to, in essence, begin paying off the debt.  Clever bastards.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:02 | 2544878 strangeglove
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With what income?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:20 | 2544921 LawsofPhysics
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Not very quick are you?  Do you not understand what negative means?  Think about it.  If you are a retiree and your portfolio is in treasuries that have negative interest rates, then you are paying the government to hold your money.  That is the whole fucking point, if you are retired, you don't have income.  You are depending on a return  from you life savings and investments. This is the fundamental problem with ZIRP, WTF dude?!?!?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:27 | 2544726 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The Flaw:

You can print away your problems.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2544741 Tyler Durden
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That's the strategy.

This is more about tactics.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:24 | 2544939 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The chief tactic is to confuse the rational consumer.  Get the people throwing money in one direction, stop them out, get them to give their rights to the money masters, and then kick the can down the road.

It is simple - the market will be manipulated longer than you can stay solvent; in paper terms anyway.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:30 | 2544956 WezTheJuic
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Yes.  It is what it is.  And it is being applied on so many fronts. 

Starting to see some prep-work for a "pull-back", and see what sticks.  Because TPTB know they have gone too far.  Call it the final push for a "check-mate" or a "check and see".





Evolution and/or Evilution.



It is what it is.





Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:20 | 2544895 earleflorida
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Indeed, and you can quickly euthanize any or all desenters through austerity?

Coming to a country near you, nice!

Ps. This practice has been going on for awhile in the U.S., but has been escalating exponentially this last decade.  

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 04:27 | 2545006 falak pema
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the Flaw : as the FED reaches the asymptote of its strategy, it runs out of ammo and the swings on roller coaster become wider n wider as central control does not produce results and the return on twist or easing is marginal and the intervention has to become more n more specific, aka on troubled assets. Then we will be in the red zone. the money velocity will hit high and hyperinflation will become visible and increase in FED rates inevitabe. End of ZIrp! And then the unwind begins as the market will be unsustainable. Incidently, the derivatives markets and commodity bets will go sour and that will put a strain on the US banks, hidden today under the carpet. Interest rates up or USD up are both killers to WS levitation, ultimate aim for FED along with inflation deleveraging of debt.

And mark my word! Its then that Merkel will put the foot on the accelerator and the Germans will turn the monetary table on Anglo zone! Its all a question of timing, and time is possibly on Merkel's side if she makes the right play on ECB and firewall interim play, crucial decision of this week and next, allowing her to clean Greek mess and halt contagion that only the FED can then fire up or douse at its discretion. I bet that it will douse it and thus increase fragility of USD sustainance...We will be in end 2012 or in 2013 when the next potus will face the fiscal wall...KAIROS MOMENT...I WILL PUT MY HAND ON THE FIRE.

I sound more and more like a mayan.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:28 | 2544731 John Law Lives
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"Sadly, this also means that at the end the Fed has only one option: to go Japanese and start buying not only REITs and ETFs, but ultimately individual stocks."

If this is the Fed's ultimate course of action and there is no upper limit to the size of the Fed's balance sheet, why should they bother to pretend to care right now how big it gets?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:41 | 2544801 Matt
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You don't go all-in this early in the game. They have to save stuff for later, so they can boost the market. If the market always knows what's coming, it will always be priced in, in advance.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:57 | 2544851 John Law Lives
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I realize that, but Chairsatan had no apparent reservations re. broadcasting his support for near-ZIRP well into the future.  I don't know why the Fed should bother to pretend it actually cares about the size of its balance sheet.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:29 | 2544737 Everybodys All ...
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Brilliant ... Tyler you continue to impress.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:29 | 2544739 geewhiz190
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no worries, the VIX is down

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2544744 RobotTrader
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Wow, the bond market rally continues.


Bond paper is king, even when compared to stocks.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:43 | 2544807 bdc63
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RobotTrader!  Nice of you to stop by.

Yesterday you said if QE didn't happen today, that there would be a HUGE rally.  Care to explain how you got that wrong?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:48 | 2544827 RobotTrader
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I said no QE needed because we have already had a huge rally.


Where's the recession?

I don't see it.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:58 | 2544859 LawsofPhysics
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ZIRP a derp. Because it has worked out so well for Japan.  You don't see much Robo, a least not until it has already happened.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:07 | 2544890 CvlDobd
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Holy shit! Robo responded to an inquiry! That alone deserves an up vote. Let me be the first.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:15 | 2544909 Dr. Engali
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I don't think that's the real Robo.... He has not been following his normal behavior patterns. So he is either a phoney or he got his first taste of pussy.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:59 | 2544867 Dr. Engali
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You really should venture out from your mom's basement. That way you can see the depression in it's full glory.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:09 | 2544875 kito
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robo received one of those govt issued complimentary beer/economy goggles that came with his 10 year bond........the goggles are great....put them on and merkel looks hot.....and the u.s. economy is smoking..........

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:05 | 2544887 GMadScientist
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imaginary GDP of 2% (check the revisions into sub-1% land though), UE > 8% (but more like 16% if you count underemployment), housing re-re-dipping, every tax base from muni to the Fed diving, and you "don't see it".

We could end the energy crisis if we could just harvest the power of the things you "don't see".

Enjoy your eroding earnings and phantom "wealth", idjit.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:16 | 2544914 falak pema
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hidden in the sand dunes of your avatar pic! 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:24 | 2544938 Mugatu
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Robo's right - all the booming times in the past were also associated with record unemployment.  People without jobs tend to spend more money during the day on things like water parks, movies, and porn!  That's all very bullish. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:07 | 2545277 post turtle saver
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Let me swipe it on my EBT...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:45 | 2545019 Robot Trader's ...
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He quit taking the meds ..........again.........


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:44 | 2544810 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, and those who actually hold  the bonds will pay off the debt with negative interest rates.  Better get those retirees some more cat food.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2544748 carbonmutant
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Bernanke said the gating factor on whether or not we get more QE was the Unemployment numbers. So this appears to be his highest priority. Which I assume is being driven by pressure from the WH.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:54 | 2544846 SovereignSilver
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But employment is looking good when you don't count people out of work for over a year. If that's the plan it's all good! Nothing to worry about. Move along now.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:04 | 2545270 ejmoosa
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It's too late to turn around employment this year.  And listening to Bernanke speak, he does not even grasp why companies hire.

His estimates for unemployment this year and next are way off the mark.



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:33 | 2544763 sharky2003
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With all this bond buying, how much do rates have to rise before the fed is underwater?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:51 | 2544838 HelluvaEngineer
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Haha.  You said "before" they are underwater!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:34 | 2544765 davinci7_gis
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Hell, I have been frontrunning the FED for about 4 months now...and I am a layman investor.  God, to think how long and to what extent the pros have been doing it blows the mind!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:40 | 2544796 davinci7_gis
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"Sadly, this also means that at the end the Fed has only one option: to go Japanese and start buying not only REITs and ETFs, but ultimately individual stocks.

At that point the best purchase, however will not be the stock market, but wheelbarrows."


Don't worry about the fact that there is alot of M2...when the "velocity" of the money starts cranking up (if it ever does)..then the FED will raise interest rates...and that's when you want to be in TBT...right? :)

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:57 | 2544858 davinci7_gis
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Bill Gross (Pimco) is going to have a hell of a bonus this year!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:15 | 2544910 davinci7_gis
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I think I just saw Bill Gross click the "green triangle" on the post above!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:35 | 2544771 Snakeeyes
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A bigger flaw is M2 Money Velocity is the lowest it has ever been! Back to 1959 levels under Ike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, look at the chart of M2 Money Velocity (GDP/m2)

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:06 | 2544880 davinci7_gis
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You are totally right snakeeyes...and when the velocity starts to go up, it will skyrocket up.  The only good thing is that we are living at a time when we have mass media all they way down to individual level with cell phones.  Thus, the FED can make an interest rate increase announcement and it will "hopefully" take effect within hours and "hopefully" sweep alot of cash into the banks within weeks.

The only thing about it is..this model will work as long as the velocity doesn't get out of hand to fast...there is a point at which no amount of rate increases will keep people from pulling all their money out of banks (because they have lost faith in the value of the dollar as a medium of echange).....and they pour their dollars into GOLD!!!

I have hedged my bets both ways...TBT for rate increases and GOLD for the nuclear possibility.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:14 | 2544906 PhattyBuoy
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:32 | 2544966 falak pema
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yes, velocity is a symptom, and the cause is complex...try and find it! 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:35 | 2544772 FlyoverCountryS...
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"OHHH... Let's TWIST AGAIN! , like we did last summer.

Let's TWIST AGAIN, TWIST'en time is here...."

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:36 | 2544776 Conman
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Stophunt continues? Those steps down look aweful algoish to me.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:37 | 2544787 fonzannoon
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As long as the mice continue to run around thinking there is a way out of the maze this will go on and on. If they ever realize there is no exit it will get interesting. People are getting there. Right about now they know enough to know that there always seems to have to be a program in place for the markets to exist. Even though they have no idea what the programs really are, Sooner or later they will see that this is just theatre and buying time. When they understand the reality of it that will be quite a moment in time.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:15 | 2545122 grid-b-gone
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That's exactly how you keep 'em looking for the helicopter.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:45 | 2544791 Winston Smith 2009
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The "fundamental flaw" with all Fed actions is due entirely to their use of a laughably simplistic economic model fed with data (CPI, etc.) that is manipulated for political reasons.  Garbage data into garbage model = insane garbage out.  And yet they try to run the world with this crap!  People wonder why their actions are so obviously stupid.  Simple, they are the dogmatic high priests of the pseudo-science called economics who have an unshakable, religious faith in their economic models, just as other priests once believed that the sun revolved around the earth.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:39 | 2544793 fonzannoon
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My question is this rate the fed will have zero short term bonds and trillions of long dated paper. Can the fed hold all this 30yr paper till maturity or will they eventually have to sell and send rates rocketing?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:41 | 2544800 Al Huxley
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They make up stories, but really its all about keeping rates down, because any rise makes the unsustainability of the US budget debt and deficit so glaringly obvious that it becomes impossible to ignore.  Everything else is noise and side effects.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:42 | 2544805 marketcycles79
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it's all about X patterns.
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:44 | 2544811 john_connor
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"This is the end, my only friend, the end." - Jim Morrison

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:17 | 2544919 davinci7_gis
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Probably at the beginning of the end right now....

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:45 | 2544817 kevinearick
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Egypt: The Pharaoh & The Tailor’s Kid

Do you remember that episode where the little bug projects itself to be a big monster, and gets the populants to kill each other out of allegiance and fear? That’s Chicago Business, Tammany Hall, Obama, and the United States.

The problem for the underlings, the “new” China, Russia, Germany, ad infinitum, is that they are jockeying to be the replacement with a cheap replicate projector, which is why you hear the false assumption echoing in the background with increasing frequency: the US has the largest consumer base, and, in an empire of import/export co-dependence, that is what counts.

Yes, the statement is correct, but it only applies within the empire, from which all real investors have emigrated, and, as History attests, they do not re-incorporate under the FLAG of sunk cost empires. That would be stupid.

At the end of the day, which is quickly approaching in relative terms, somebody with a clue has to do, and all the consumption addicts get paid to talk, in a buy-what-we-tell-you-to-buy and we-will-promote-you-to-make-payments-on-the-debt, ponzi credit economy. Real labor, which is always working on the next bridge, except to watch the sh-show on its breaks, is going to determine the outcome, like it always does, but…prove me wrong.

It’s a MAD world, the empire, which is what you should expect when lawful passive aggressives lead unlawful aggressive ignorants around by the nose, all of which can only see their own puffed up, artificial demand forward, projection, isolating you. Quantum change occurs when the false assumptions in one dimension collapse, revealing another dimension, readied for the occasion.

Accelerate time, when all the robots have taken up residence on the bridge, over the DNA churn pool. Empires are built to be destroyed. We now return you to the broadcast, IN PROGRESS, new empire same as the old empire, with a new dress. Make-up!

Sometimes you wear a dead man’s pants, until you learn to tailor a suit for yourself. That’s life, a blessing, not a curse, for those who seek it. Do your part and allow space for others to do their part. Make yourself and your community, and everything else will take care of itself. Some people’s money is worth more than others.

Remember when you could work on your own car and everyone customized their own? Think about the effect of infrastructure. Jump the computer, by overloading the bridge, and look forward.

Just because the previous generation paid down all its wealth to busy itself talking and pushing paper doesn’t mean that you must. Let them argue and go about your business. It will pay off, usually when you least expect it. That’s the nature of the unknown.

You don’t need a missile to take out the drone bees. Take the Queen off the board, refashion her, and place her back on the throne. The Queen is not the one with the crown warming the seat; it’s the pawn you escort to the prom. It’s a chess game of chess games. That’s all you need to know to build a fusion/fission reactor.

Kids drop out when they reach their consumption interest. What’s so difficult to understand? What kind of kid wants an android for a parent?

The empire is constantly programming your subconscious. Put it to work yourself. Make sure it always has a problem to solve. The enemy of the enemy is your friend. The empire breeds fear, anxiety, which is a social, not an individual, State of Mind. Let the robots misdirect themselves. Gravity is not a scarce commodity in the universe. You are.

The point of the Internet was to let everyone, who wanted a seat, see the sh-show for what it is. The uniform makes the empire, not the man or woman. Now, get back to work, tailor your own suit, and build the next bridge out.

All the Fed can do is wait for death rate recognition, the President’s only card is entitlement growth, Congress is lost in space, and the Supreme Court is locked up on Family Law, all embedded, courtesy of the robot scientists at DoD, from which the reserve currency empire bet derives. Wake me up after the war over non-performing assets, once the mob gets tired of looking from the outside, into empty promises on every event horizon, inflated by ponzi politburo pension promises, which cannot be kept.

Get on the elevator kid. Let’s see the universe. Where are we going? Where do you want to go? Push a button and let gravity do the rest.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:11 | 2545106 grid-b-gone
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Wow. I think I've got a little ADD and usually understand a good ramble, but this one lost me.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:45 | 2544819 HaroldWang
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SPX tested 50 dma twice and bounced. Ben says, "Don't worry, we got your backs." You have no choice but to sit it out or go long. I'll go with the Fed on this one and continue going long.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:48 | 2544830 midgetrannyporn
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they buy treasuries = banker bonuses

they buy stocks = more banker bonuses

everything else is just b.s.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:54 | 2544847 LMAOLORI
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